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Cherry trees expected to reach peak bloom early next week: National Park Service

This year’s official peak bloom forecast for the famous blossoms has moved up a few days

Cherry blossoms near the Washington Monument
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April Fools’! That’s literally the day when the District’s celebrated Yoshino cherry trees are now predicted to hit their peak bloom stage, according to the National Park Service (NPS).

NPS on Tuesday revised its peak bloom forecast to April 1, from April 3 to 6, the dates that the park service initially announced earlier this month. “Peak bloom” means when seven in 10 of the hundreds of Yoshino cherry trees at the Tidal Basin and National Mall have opened.

Warmer temperatures in the coming days are anticipated to boost the cherry trees’ growth. As of Monday, the trees were in the “peduncle elongation” stage, NPS said. In early March, the Capital Weather Gang forecast that peak bloom would take place between April 1 and 5.

The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival started on March 20 and goes through April 14. For the length of it, Metro is suspending most of its weekend track work to benefit visitors.

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